Melrose Community Reformed Church - The Bronx, N.Y.
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Melrose Community Reformed Church

156th Street and Elton Avenue
The Bronx, N.Y. 10451


Organ Specifications:
Elton Avenue, near East 156th Street (1885-closed 1984):
I/8 L.C. Harrison (c.1885)
East 157th Street & Elton Avenue
(1879-1885):
• unknown
Washington Avenue, near East 159th Street (1856-1879):
• Henry Erben (1857)




The Reformed German Church of Melrose was founded in 1854. By 1856 a building had been erected on Washington Avenue, near East 159th Street. In 1879, the society moved to East 157th Street and Elton Avenue. Six years later, a new church was built nearby on Elton Avenue near East 156th Street. At some point, perhaps after most of the Germans had moved from the area, the congregation became known as the Melrose Community Reformed Church. This congregation disbanded in 1984.
         
L.C. Harrison
New York City (c.1885)
Mechanical action
1 manual, 8 stops, 8 ranks


The following specification was recorded by Louis F. Mohr, an organ serviceman in the area. Mohr noted "Organ junked July 1947."
               
Manual – 58 notes
8
  Open Diapason
58
       
8
  Gamba [TC]
46
       
8
  Dulciana
58
       
8
  Melodia [TC]
46
       
8
  St. Diapason Bass
12
       
4
  Principal
58
       
4
  Flute d'Amour
58
       
2
  Fifteenth
58
       
               
Pedal – 27 notes
16
  Bourdon
27
       
               
Accessories
    Balanced Swell Pedal      
    Two Combinations      
    Manual to Pedal Coupler      
    Bellows Signal          
    Wind 3½"          
         
Organ in church on Washington Avenue:

Henry Erben
New York City (1857)
Mechanical action


Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
           
Sources:
     Gasero, Russell, ed. Historical Directory of the Reformed Church in America, 1628–1992. New Brunswick: 2000.
     Haberstroh, Richard. The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: A Research Guide. New York: The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, 2000.
     Mohr, Louis F. & Co. Specifications of L.C. Harrison organ (c.1878). Courtesy Larry Trupiano.
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.

Illustration:
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